Live mixer extraordinaire Buford Jones (far right) hosts a lively panel discussion at Mix Nashville 2009.
THIS WAS A TOUGH YEAR FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE. And it was especially hard on Soundcheck, Nashvilleâ€™s premiere live sound showcase for tour rehearsals, with off-the-road storage for instruments and backline for major tours, and on-site offices for leading companies such as Meyer Sound, Shure, Digital Console Rentals, Fender, Peavey, Tour Supply Inc., and others. And back in mid-May, when the once-in-a-century rains caused the Cumberland River to rise well over its flood stages, Soundcheck was at ground zero, and in a matter of hours was completely submerged. We had planned to host our sister publicationâ€™s annual Mix Nashville live sound and recording series just days later, and postponed the event until September 13 and 14, 2010.
Meanwhile in those months since the waters subsided, Soundcheck has been going nearly 24/7 to get back on line, pulling out drenched sheetrock, tearing out soaked carpeting, re-wiring and re-building, while rare guitars and amps went into a dry triage facility, where world-class restoration specialists went to work. Now, after this almost Herculean effort, Soundcheck is back.
It took a while to line up new dates for Mix Nashville that would work for sponsors, attendees and, most importantly, Nashvilleâ€™s audio community. But weâ€™re moving full-steam ahead with our favorite event of the year. Nashville is a recording town and there are plenty of programs catering to the studio crowd, but weâ€™re also offering expanded programming, with two full days of presentations and panels focusing on live sound.
Hosted by Meyer Sound and Yamaha, Soundcheckâ€™s Studio D will be the central point for all things Live, with three presentations each day from the sponsors, and Iâ€™ll be moderating two stellar industry panels featuring top-level industry pros offering advice and insights from their years of experience. The first, on Monday afternoon at 2:30pm, is â€œSound System Meets Venueâ€”Selecting The Right Playback Package,â€? which given the selection of range of gear available today, will look into answering some tough questions about creating the right system for any installation. At 2:30pm on Tuesday, the topic will shift to â€œWhatâ€™s Next? Technologies That Will Drive the Next Five Years in Sound Reinforcement.â€? And with all thatâ€™s going onâ€”from consoles to plug-ins to processors to snakes to system control to wirelessâ€”this should provide a fascinating glimpse into determining what’s around the corner and on the horizon.
Best of all, the event is FREE to all greater Nashville residents, and a mere $39 for earlybird registrants from outside Davidson County. Visit the Mix Nashville website today for all information and links to registration. Hope to see you there!